‘Re­view salary scheme for medics’

Re­con­sider scale to pre­vent ex­o­dus of ex­perts to other coun­tries, PSD told

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

BAGAN DATUK: The Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment (PSD) should re­view the salary scale for med­i­cal spe­cial­ists to pre­vent their ex­o­dus to other coun­tries, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the Gov­ern­ment had spent a huge sum of money train­ing and ed­u­cat­ing these highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als when those coun­tries did not even in­vest in ad­vanced train­ing for cer­tain ar­eas of ex­per­tise for their own peo­ple.

“I think it is high time the PSD looks at the salary scheme of these pro­fes­sion­als to avoid los­ing our spe­cial­ists to oth­ers.

“Al­though we know that (the brain drain also) in­volves other sec­tors in the civil ser- vice, we cer­tainly do not want to lose these spe­cial­ists,” he told a press con­fer­ence af­ter launch­ing the na­tional-level Trans­for­ma­tion with 1Smile To­gether (TW1ST) Pro­gramme 2017 at SM Sains Bagan Datuk yes­ter­day.

Also present was Deputy Health Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Ya­haya.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Bagan Datuk MP, said health tourism is be­ing pro­moted by the Tourism and Cul­ture Min­istry be­cause Malaysia has good fa­cil­i­ties and com­pet­i­tive costs of treat­ment.

“Our spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals are of the same stan­dard as those in other coun­tries. Malaysia has great po­ten­tial in health tourism and we must re­tain our ex­perts,” he said. — Ber­nama

Hands that heal: Dr Ahmad Zahid spend­ing some time to visit his long-time friend Ba­harom Said, 66, who is ill at Kam­pung Teluk Kerdu in Bagan Datuk. — Ber­nama

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